Why are people referred to Psychology Services?
The way people feel physically can affect their mood and their feelings. This can affect how they cope with illness and medical treatments. This is why medical staff refer people to the Clinical Health Psychology Department.
What is a Psychologist and what sort of problems do they help with?
Psychologists are trained to help you understand and manage the difficulties that you may experience in life.
They will explore with you how these difficulties affect your thoughts, feelings and everyday life. A treatment programme may then be offered.
Psychologists do not prescribe tablets or medicines.
Problems they commonly help will include - adjustment to illness/medical treatments, sexual problems, depression, anxiety, stress, loss and bereavement and managing pain.
What will happen at the first appointment?
The first appointment will involve a discussion of the problems that you are having and usually some questions about your background.
It will last about 50 minutes. Further appointments will be discussed, and will usually be with the same Psychologist.
Is it confidential?
Anything that is discussed within your appointments is confidential. Any notes taken are kept separate from the main hospital records and stored within the Psychology department. Limits of confidentiality will be discussed with you during your first appointment.
An interpreter service is available for those whose first language is not English.
St Luke's Hospital
Bradford BD5 0NA
Telephone: (01274) 365176